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Outtakes from the well-known "mental hygiene" film, offering today's viewers a window on how these oft-mythologized films were actually produced and performed. Director: Edward C. Simmel. Cinematography: Harry F. Burrell. Script: Arthur V. Jones. Editor: Miriam Bucher. With Ralph Hodges ("Son"). Filmed in Kodachrome. The complete film is also on this site.
This movie is part of the collection: Prelinger Archives
Audio/Visual: Sd, B&W
Keywords: Social guidance; Motion pictures: Production; Motion pictures: Outtakes
Creative Commons license: Public Domain
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"Daughter" looks like Kelly Ripa and "Father" looks like Victor Garber!!
Subject: Fun To Watch
The actors certainly seem to have enjoyed themselves. Making a film on this subject wasn't stiff and robot-like, at least.
Where are these people today? The parents have passed on I'm sure, but the kids are probably still out there.
Subject: Stepford Family
Coming from someone who was raised by a family from that generation. I must admit I was under the impression that parts of my family did live this way and the choices I was making as an adolescent in the 80's were completely irresponsible!! This type of influence created a generation of stiff, emotionally unresponsive individuals that have only managed to confuse and alienate the children they raised! Thankfully, this movement did not take affect and we live in a society where you can ask Dad for a raise in your allowance without the concern of added stress because he's had a busy day.
A total find, these outtakes from the classic social guidance film, "Date With Your Family" show some bloopers, flub ups, and one particulariy interesting deleted scene of "daughter" washing dishes, getting tired and wiping the sweat off of her brow. One wonders what kind of narration would have went with this scene "Daughter takes care of the dishes, father demands her to do it, and you can tell it takes a toll on her, still, to keep her father happy, she continues on, like a robot..'
Christine Hennig -
Subject: A Date with Your Family Outtakes
Silent outtakes from that classic of suburban horror, A Date with Your Family. Watch how hard those actors had to practice in order to follow the "few simple rules" of harmonious family dining. Watch how hard it was for the actress who played "sister" to keep from cracking up.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ***. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ***. Also available on Our Secret Century, Vol. 3: The Behavior Offensive.